Tuesday, December 28, 2010

NEW GRILL TOMORROW=Manliness


I played the Christmas gift thing masterfully this year. When various family members asked me a few months ago what I wanted for Christmas, I told each of them a gift card or cash for a new grill. Such a gift would be the most thoughtful thing they could do for me (and I would love them more for it).

Several faithful family and friends- who now have greater status in my life- came through well over the last few days of gift giving. I compiled almost enough to buy a marked down (out of season) Char Broil, stainless steel, porcelain coated 4-burner grill (pictured above). The grill is regularly $350, I'm scoring it for $200. I'm stoked...no pun intended.

We have had the same old piece of junk grill since we moved to KC in 1997. I have overhauled the guts of the thing three times and it needs it again. No more I say! I'm picking it up tomorrow and we'll be eating burgers on Thursday night!

There are few relationships more intimate and profound than a man and his grill.

12 comments:

Emily said...

Very nice....and a deal to boot! Todd got a new grill last year, it's GREAT!

Woody Woodward said...

Nothing quite so ego charging than to know that Man is in charge, when he is standing, and ruling over his grill. Man Vs Grill, both are winners.

Jim said...

Gas?

I've just never understood the point of "grilling" with a gas "grill." Might as well "grill" using an electric skillet in the kitchen.

Reepicheep said...

Charcoal is nice, but too time consuming and messy.

The briquettes I use give a charcoal flavor. It's good enough for me.

The manliness comes from fire. I don't care what produces the fire...the fire is a testosterone enhancer.

Jim said...

On fire: Jack, my eleven-year old, started acolyting a few months ago.

I stayed back with him the first time he was to go forward. He looked at me and said that he was excited to be acolyting.

I figured that he's excited to be participating more overtly in the worship service, or that he got to wear a robe, or that he sits next to the pastor during the service, etc.

But no. The cause of his excitement?

"I get to carry fire!"

Reepicheep said...

Exactly Jim. Exactly :)

jeff said...

when it snows, I shovel 2 paths...One to the driveway, and one to the grill. I grill all winter long. And there's always a cold brewski out on the deck with me, even in February. That's a great grill. My parents have that one. How did you get it for $200?

Reepicheep said...

It was one of three display grills left from last Spring/Summer. I'm guessing there's a new model coming out soon.

Malcolm said...

Ah, the charcoal purists! You need to understand that it is not the charcoal that flavors what you are cooking, but the smoke caused by the fat dripping on to the heat source, whether it is a dried out cow patty, charcoal, or char rock (lava rock). I have an unending supply of lava rock in our garden beds left by a previous owner. This rock, when well cured with the drippings of various meats, now turns glowing red just like charcoal and will sear like charcaol. The only thing I don't like about the newer grills is the reflectors don't work as well as char rock. Once again, it's not the heat source, it's the smoke that provides the flavor.

Reepicheep said...

Good point Malcolm. Also, a little used trick in gas grills- put a tinfoil tray of soaked hickory or mesquite on the grill while cooking. This causes a flavorful smoke.

Jim said...

Oh dear. But it's obvious that it's not "just" the drippings that cause smoke. The charcoal itself is an indepent source of smoke; a course that gas or electricity cannot duplicate.

That said, the taste differential between gas/electricity and charcoal will be mitigated in proportion to the amount of fat in the food (so hamburgers will taste similarly across heat sources relative to steaks, chicken, vegetables, lean hamburger, etc.), as well as by the addition of wood chips.

I'd be willing to do a blind taste test on a better cut of beef. I have a 12-lb bone-in ribeye in the fridge just looking for an excuse to cook up . . .

Woody Woodward said...

Our son and our new son-in-law-to-be have these new and very expensive "pellet" smokers. The pellets looks like rabbit food or even worse, recycled rabbit pellets. As far as I am concerned, just as soon have meat cooked in an oven as to these expensive "grills". No flavor what so ever! Pellets? Somehow it just don't reign down on me as real grilling? Something just aint right with pellets?
Griff and Judy got a dandy smoker. Saw it New Year’s night. That monster charcoal smoker will make you want to take out a loan! Griff said you can't ruin meat in that bad boy.